Food science professor one of 12 to receive Order of Manitoba

Bottled canola oil.

Twelve Manitobans will receive the Order of Manitoba come July, with one of them having ties to agriculture.

The Order of Manitoba was created in 1999 to honour Manitobans who have demonstrated excellence and achievement, thereby enriching the social, cultural or economic well-being of the province and its residents.

“The 2019 Order of Manitoba members have each demonstrated excellence and a passionate commitment to making the world a better place, at the local, national and international levels,” says Lt.-Gov. Janice C. Filmon, chancellor of the order, who will preside over the ceremony. “As community leaders and role models, they are as inspirational as they are accomplished.”

This year, Dr. Vivian Bruce, a professor of food science and nutrition at the University of Manitoba, is among the 12 receiving the prestigious award. According to a release, she was instrumental in conducting the first research exploring the health benefits of canola oil and establishing its unique nutritional properties – an essential development in the study of the effects of dietary fat on human health.

Working alongside her research colleague, the late Dr. Bruce MacDonald, she conducted important research with positive ramifications for food science and the economic viability of such key Manitoba crops as flax, canola, and sunflowers.

The investiture ceremony will be held on Thursday, July 18 at the Manitoba Legislative Building.

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